REQUIRED – Parts 1 and 2
Your proposal should include the following:
PART 1 – QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION
A complete Excel workbook with three tabs. Include each of the following evaluation methods for the respective alternative in each tab (worksheet):
o Discounted Payback (4 Marks)
o IRR (3 Marks)
o NPV (8 Marks)
Evaluation: 16 Marks award for accuracy
PART 2 – QUALITATIVE EVALUATION
– A Word document (approximately three pages) that summarizes the recommend investment (project) the company should pursue.
– The recommendation should be supported by the evaluation completed in the Excel workbook (separate file) and should contain the following sections in the Word document itself:
o Strategic Alignment (for each alternative- 6 Marks): This component should be approximately 500 words (be specific and concise) but clearly explain the alignment of pursuing projects with the overall strategic direction of the organization. Proper formatting and professionalism required
(no bulleted lists!).
o SWOT Analysis of the Company using the following format:
4 Marks: .25 marks for each factor listed for a total of 1 mark per category (1 for Strengths, 1 for opportunity, 1 for weaknesses, and 1 for threats). Make assumptions based on the nature of the industry and be creative!
o Alternative: In addition to discussing the proposals for expansion outlined in this assignment, you are required to come up with another alternative. You do not need to evaluate your alternative from a quantitative perspective; however, you should consider it from a cost-benefit perspective.
What is the value in pursuing it qualitatively? Does it make sense? What do you estimate it will cost compared to the other elements? Is it worth it (time/investment vs effort)? This alternative should be unique to each group (marks will be based on creativity and logic). (5 marks)
o Opportunity Cost and Risk: 6 Marks (2 for each element)
Explain the opportunity cost of pursuing your recommended investment (2 marks) and the risks (2 marks), and make an assumption about the risk profile of the company along with rationale (2
Evaluation: 21 Marks (as outlined for each component)
PART 3 – Raising Funds & Potential Barriers (23 Marks)
You’ve been asked to present information at the management meeting. This item requires you to present information on two areas:
1) Potential Sources of Financing
Suggest what source of financing should be pursued for the alternative you’ve recommended. To help with this, you’ve decided to complete the following table:
Submit a completed table in a standalone document that considers any three different sources of financing. Your submission should clearly state the source of financing and the advantage or disadvantages for each based on the case facts. Grading will be allocated as follows:
o .5 mark for each advantage and disadvantage up to a total of 3 for each financing type (9 Marks)
o 2 marks for logic, clarity and relation back to case facts.
2) Working Capital Requirements
You have been asked to interpret the following financial ratio trends. Your colleagues are expecting you to identify what the trends means and what that means in terms of current company practices. For example, if you notice a trend that indicates it is less favourable, what could the company do to improve it? You are also asked to comment on the impact these ratio trends may have on the audience you are requesting financing from:
Grading for the Working Capital portion will be allocated as follows:
o 1 mark for identifying each trend as positive or negative plus 2 marks for a clear and logical reason recommendation to improve it. (total 9 marks)
o 3 marks for analyzing the impact the ratio trends might have on the decision-maker that will either be approving or rejecting the specific source of financing you will be recommending.
The completed table and the response to credit and inventory management can be submitted to the submission folder by the part 3 due date.
PART 4 – Making the Financing Request (20 Marks)
Identify the source of financing the company should pursue based on your analysis in part 3 and prepare your ‘pitch’ (request) for financing. You will be required to make the pitch as your final submission of the group project (via Zoom on the scheduled presentation date for online sections, or in person as directed by your Professor in person sections).
Requirements for the financing presentation (separate rubric to be posted on FOL):
o Make sure you are ‘pitching’ to the appropriate audience. For example, the style of your pitch will be very different to a traditional bank/lender, compared to a team of venture capitalists.
Your audience may be: the board of directors if you would like to issue shares or bonds, a bank if you are interested in taking on debt, or venture capitalists if you would like private financing.
o You can use any aids you think would help obtain the necessary approval and make assumptions.
The grades for this portion is about your ability to clearly present your business case for financing.
You should use terminology from the course but overall it is about professionalism and clearly communicating business needs to an external audience.
o All members of the group must be present and participate in the presentation for marks
o Your goal is to provide enough information and convince your audience to provide you with the necessary financing.
o Here are some suggestions for content:
Overview of company
Why the funds are needed and opportunity
Proactively addressing any risks/concerns that a creditor/lender/investor might have.
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